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Skyseternalangel 05-11-2012 02:16 AM

Horses Stepping on your Feet
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Alright, everyone and their grandma has probably been stepped on by a horse or two.

What I want to know is how did it happen, how bad was it, and does it still hurt?

I'll start.

I've been walked all over by three horses. 2 of them were green. One is my current prior to becoming mine, and two is this Haffie I worked with. BOTH heavy horses. The third horse was when I was really little. I was by myself and it went to go snatch some hay under a stall door and he put 3/4 of his weight on my little girl toes. Needless to say I refused to ride for an entire week, and got called a sissy for it. He was also some sort of drafty type.

But the other two horses would spook and land on me. Eventually I got steel toed boots but one time I was in my riding shoes and I was uploading him from the trailer. He spooked at a sound outside and slammed hard on my right foot. It hurt like heck but I didn't say a word, nor showed that I was in pain.

But today of all things, it is bothering me! My foot keeps cramping and I have a knot where it happened. It's been almost a year, so I'm hoping it'll go away eventually.

So post away, let's hear of all those feet injuries from pesky hooves!

DraftyAiresMum 05-11-2012 03:10 AM

First time I really got stepped on was by my old gelding. All of 14.2hh on his tiptoes and maybe 800lbs. He was antsy while standing tied and shifted over while I was grooming him one day. Stood right on my foot and basically leaned into me. He hadn't quite mastered the "step" command yet, so I spent a good minute trying to push him off my foot. We were standing on a brick "platform," so there was really no cushioning between his hoof, my foot and the ground. Could barely get my boot off when I got home, so I went to the local walk-in clinic and they did x-rays. Just bruised the heck out of my foot, but it hurt like hell.

Second time I was stepped on was by Aires. My friend and I were going to go on a trail ride, but Aires wouldn't let me mount. After battling with him for almost an hour, I ran the crap out of him and then went back down to the arena to try to mount. He was trying to go say hi to a mare that is stalled by the arena and unfortunately I was in the way. He stood right on my foot and refused to move, no matter how hard I shoved him and shouted "step!". Finally, I whacked him on the chest with the reins and he deigned to move off my foot. This time I was wearing better boots (more cushion in the sole) and we were standing on dirt, which has a little more give than the brick I was standing on when Dakota stood on my foot. No damage done other than a slightly sore foot and a majorly ticked off me. lol

Skyseternalangel 05-11-2012 03:56 AM

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Well I'm glad nothing bad resulted from it!

Keep em coming people! We'll see who has the worst injury of the bunch

usandpets 05-11-2012 04:19 AM

My wife's horse likes to step on your foot and then move over into you and knock you down into a pile of poop. He's done that twice to her. He also stepped on her foot and then turned pivoting on that hoof grinding her foot into the ground. I think that's when she ended up with a broken bone in her foot.

When I get stepped on, it always seems to be right where the toes join the foot or just the tips of the toes. Usually happens when saddling or grooming. Nothing serious, just painful.
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Skyseternalangel 05-11-2012 05:11 AM

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Omg that made me cringe so bad.. your poor wife! She sure is a trooper!!

Lockwood 05-11-2012 08:34 AM

Well, it was many years ago, but the memory is crystal clear.....
My mare went to spook/look hard at something off to her side and in doing so put her front hoof on my foot then pivoted to look at whatever it was.
I had boots on, but the landing and pivot was just in the wrong spot across my toes and I lost the big toenail. Eventually it regrew and although I keep my nails painted bright colors, when they are naked you can tell that nail is really crooked.

None of the other times (of which there have been many) were as bad as that one, but I've had plenty of horses plop onto the foot and just not get off. I now have a knee jerk reaction when a horse moves a hoof or two in an unpredictable fashion, I immediately slide my feet back. Happens without me even thinking about it.

Had my fingers stepped on too, many years ago... I had a dumb moment and was checking a hoof crack on a rear hoof while horse had it tipped up and resting. Lost my balance, put hand out to catch myself at the same time horse flipped foot down. Thankfully it was on grass and I just had some odd finger bruises.
Yeah, never did that again.

Skyseternalangel 05-11-2012 08:37 AM

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Omg... ouch!! My fingers are actually burning from imagining that!!!

My injury resulted in some sort of calcification or bone lump thing right in the middle of my foot. Hurts to wear some kinds of shoes for a long time, especially ones with elastic laces instead of regular.

At least your toes get dolled up!

PaintHorseMares 05-11-2012 08:56 AM

I've had a few over the years, all from my own stupidity....lead a horse through a narrow opening, turning a horse in a stall or trailer...basically just putting my big foot right where I'm asking them to walk. Luckily, they've all been really good about lifting their foot right up as soon as they feel my foot under them, but I do get the "Hey stupid...I'm just walking where you told me to" look.....

HeroMyOttb 05-11-2012 09:02 AM

MY horse is a big puppy dog and loves to always be in my business. Which I love that about him but he does know when to back off! The problem is my horse doesn't really know where his hooves are and always manages to step on one of my feet. It happens ALL the time! My feet are like steel so it doesn't hurt super bad. And mosts of the time he steps on me when I wear flip flops...I know I know..flip flops are a big no no!

Skyseternalangel 05-11-2012 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by HeroMyOttb (Post 1495411)
And mosts of the time he steps on me when I wear flip flops...I know I know..flip flops are a big no no!

Bad missy! Flip flops are such a bad idea! Ahh I cannot imagine how your poor feet look!!

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